MSN’s Hotmail Sucks!
Now, what caused this attitude toward Hotmail? Spam.
Apparently, Hotmail (owned by Microsoft) has a ”Whitelist” of Spammers who are actually allowed to send spam to all of its account holders – as long as these spam messages are “ethically correct.” After paying a $20,000 “fee,” these spammers are allowed to perform what is called a “Dictionary Attack” on Hotmail’s email servers. Then from there, they take the email addresses they obtain and sell them to Spammers worldwide. These Third-Party Spammers don’t have to abide by Hotmail’s “Code Of Ethics” for Spammers because they weren’t obtained directly from Hotmail.
I have my Gmail, TimeWarner and Yahoo email accounts linked to my BlackBerry. Whenever any of these accounts receive mail, it gets delivered directly to my handset. With the drastic amount of spam I receive from my Hotmail account, there’s no chance at all that I would ever link that account to my BlackBerry. It’s not uncommon for me to get 200+ spam messages PER DAY in that account… and that’s with the supposed “Spam Guard” or “Junk Filter” turned on… whatever they call it.
Gmail (service by Google) is awesome. I get maybe 2 spam messages per WEEK in that account. Yahoo is also a lot better than it used to be. I maybe get 3 or 4 spam messages per week.
Now, if this wasn’t bad enough, I’d challenge anyone who has a Hotmail account to try to delete that account. Good luck with that. I gave up by the time I had opened about 9 or 10 sites, all asking me to click on another link in order to cancel my account. The system is so convoluted and misleading.
The easiest way to cancel a Hotmail account is to stop using it.
Here’s what they recommend from that article:
How to Close a Hotmail Account
To close a Hotmail account, stop using it. After thirty days any unused account becomes inactive. After ninety days, the Passport becomes inactive. You can also close your Hotmail account from within the account itself. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Click Help on any Hotmail page.
2. Type Close Account in the keyword search section of the Help screen.
3. Click the Close Your Hotmail Account tip within the Help screen.
4. Click the Close Account link that is highlighted in blue.
5. Read the instructions. When you are satisfied that you understand the terms associated with an account closure, click Close Account.
So, basically Hotmail sucks, and I encourage you all to stop using it.
And just for some more corroborating evidence that they suck, read this. It shows how Microsoft had been strong-arming people into paying for their Hotmail account. Basically saying, “Hey, look what can happen if you don’t start paying for premium service.”
Read a book.